The Legal Advocacy for the Disabled [LAD] Unit of the Erie County Department of Social Services is dedicated solely to assisting low-income persons with the Social Security Administration’s Disability application process.
- LAD receives referrals from within the Department of Social Services and from community agencies.
- Persons referred to LAD have their cases assigned to a paralegal for investigation by the directing attorney.
- Paralegals schedule and conduct detailed interviews to determine if an application for SSI and/or SSD is appropriate.
- If a case is opened, the paralegal works in conjunction with the applicant and the Social Security Administration, assisting at all steps of the application and appeals processes.
LAD re-reviews all submitted applications at every level of the decision making process in order to determine the merits of the claim for future appeals.
Contact LAD - Community Agency Referrals
Legal Advocacy For the Disabled
95 Franklin St. - 11th Floor, room 1130
Buffalo, New York 14202
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. [Monday - Friday]
Questions can be addressed by emailing the unit at LAD@erie.gov
You can get additional information regarding disability at www.ssa.gov